Lee County, Iowa

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Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. It was established in 1836 and named for a family prominent in the New York Land Company, owners of extensive interests in the Half-Breed Tract in the 1830s.[1] As of 2000, the population was 38,052. Unlike most counties nationwide (including all other counties in Iowa), Lee has two county seatsFort Madison and Keokuk.[2] The latter was established in 1847 when disagreements led to a second court jurisdiction.[3]

Lee County is part of the Fort Madison–Keokuk, IA-MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 539 square miles (1,395 km²), of which 517 square miles (1,340 km²) is land and 21 square miles (55 km²) (3.97%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Iowa is located on the Mississippi River in Keokuk in Lee County, where it flows out of Iowa and into Missouri and Illinois.

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